Interesting article on stretching v performance
In a sprint race, such as the 100m 200m or 400m, one hundredth of a second can mean the difference between winning and losing. Optimizing performance, through an effective training program, has included pre-activity stretching as a stalwart constituent of training for many years. In the past decade, the purpose and benefits of static stretching have been questioned, dissected and essentially repurposed due to large volume of evidence that propose pre-activity stretch-induced performance deficits. These findings have led to a paradigm shift on the justification and mode of application of static stretching prior to the performance of speed and power events.
An early study, published in 2001 in the Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology investigated factors underlying force loss occurring after prolonged, static, passive stretching. In this study, subjects were tested before and 5 to 10 minutes following 20 minutes of static, passive stretching of the quadriceps while a…
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